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Music Theory

A unique partnership between faculty at three Virginia institutions and universities in Texas and Canada, Dr. Lavengood and her team created a comprehensive music theory textbook that is projected to save students in the state of Virginia alone more than $198,000. This resource is created by adapting currently available content and writing several chapters to compensate when OER is not available on the topic, resulting in an openly-available online resource.

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Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. Version 2 of this textbook is collaboratively authored by Chelsey Hamm, Mark Gotham, Kyle Gullings, Bryn Hughes, Brian Jarvis, Megan Lavengood, and John Peterson.

Each author led certain parts of the textbook. Dr. Hamm led fundamentals and co-led Post-tonal; Dr. Gotham led the Anthology, 12-tone Serialism, and Orchestration sections; Dr. Gullings led the assignments and workbook for all chapters; Dr. Hughes co-led Pop and Post-tonal; Drs. Jarvis and Peterson led Harmony and Form; Dr. Lavengood led Jazz and co-led Pop and edited many of the chapters of the book. Furthermore, each chapter individually lists the authors that wrote that chapter.

While many chapters are entirely new to OMT Version 2, we are indebted to the vision of OMT Version 1. Version 1 was built on resources authored by Kris Shaffer, Bryn Hughes, and Brian Moseley, edited by Kris Shaffer and Robin Wharton, and is published by Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing.

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Performing Arts
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Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Brian Jarvis
Brian Moseley
Bryn Hughes
Chelsey Hamm
John Peterson
Kris Shaffer
Kyle Gullings
Mark Gotham
Megan Lavengood
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